Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 432. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-02-07 21:44:02+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: a new book on the early-ish history of computing in the U.S. Joy Lisi Rankin, A People's History of Computing in the United States (Harvard University Press, 2018) Introduction: People Computing (Not the Silicon Valley Mythology) 1 1 When Students Taught the Computer 12 2 Making a Macho Computing Culture 38 3 Back to BASICs 66 4 The Promise of Computing Utilities and the Proliferation of Networks 106 5 How The Oregon Trail Began in Minnesota 139 6 PLATO Builds a Plasma Screen 166 7 PLATO’s Republic (or, the Other ARPANET) 193 Epilogue: From Personal Computing to Personal Computers 228 Notes 245 Bibliography 295 Acknowledgments 311 Index 315 This book begins its historical account ca. 1968. A number of us here were alive then, some active in computing. The value of this book to those interested in the early history of computing in the humanities will, I suspect, be to show us a rather different subculture from the one that became digital humanities. Roberto Busa, for example, is not mentioned nor is Joe Raben; there's no mention of any Listserv or other means of scholars communicating with each other. -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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